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Review of the effects of offshore seismic surveys in cetaceans: are mass strandings a possibility?
Castellote, M.; Llorens, C. (2016). Review of the effects of offshore seismic surveys in cetaceans: are mass strandings a possibility?, in: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 133-143. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_16
In: Popper, A.N.; Hawkins, A. (Ed.) (2016). The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc: New York. ISBN 978-1-4939-2980-1. xxx, 1292 pp., more
In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 0065-2598; e-ISSN 2214-8019, more
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Keywords
    Aquatic organisms > Marine organisms > Aquatic mammals > Marine mammals
    Displacement
    Seismic energy sources > Air guns
    Marine
Author keywords
    Anthropogenic noise

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  • Castellote, M.
  • Llorens, C.

Abstract
    Displacement of cetaceans is commonly reported during offshore seismic surveys. Speculation concerning possible links between seismic survey noise and cetacean strandings is available for a dozen events but without convincing causal evidence. This lack of evidence should not be considered conclusive but rather as reflecting the absence of a comprehensive analysis of the circumstances. Current mitigation guidelines are inadequate for long-range effects such as displacements and the potential for strandings. This review presents the available information for ten documented strandings that were possibly linked to seismic surveys and recommends initial measures and actions to further evaluate this potential link.

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